Transportation and the T

MassDOT Begins Public Hearings Tonight on Transit Expansion

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What’s that? You already got through 117 pages of the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan for 2014-2018 (pdf)? You’ve got us beat, but do the Commonwealth a service and have your voice heard.

Tonight, MassDOT is holding the first in a series of public hearings on their future plans for capital improvements. Join the discussion tonight at 6:00 at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza. It’s unfortunately the only one of several scheduled that is convenient for Bostonians, especially (ironically) those that don’t have cars.

Earlier this month, MassDOT made headlines for a number of standout initiatives included the investment plans. Some of our favorite highlights, and ones we’ll return to in the future:

  • Completion of the Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford by 2020
  • Signal and track repairs to restore permanent Cape Flyer train service
  • Realignment of the Mass Pike through Allston and the Beacon Park train yards
  • Diesel multiple units (DMUs) expanding local service to Dorchester, Chelsea and the Seaport on the “Indigo Line”

If you can’t make it tonight, there are several more hearings over the next two weeks, per MassDOT’s website. But you will have to travel far and wide:

  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm,  Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
  • Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield
  • Wednesday, February 5, 6:00-8:00pm, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Law Building, Moot Court Room, North Dartmouth
  • Monday, February 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Lynn City Hall Council Chambers, 3 City Hall Square

There is a hearing tonight in Worcester’s Union Station, also at 6:00. Had we the resources, we totally would have liveblogged from the Worcester and Boston hearings simultaneously. Perhaps another time.

Back Bay, Brighton, Brookline, Downtown, Fenway, Neighborhoods, North End, Sports Department, Transportation and the T

Your Roadmap to Wednesday’s Fenway Parking Nightmare

No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Wednesday & Thursday 4PM to 2AM

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get my car towed/ticketed/flipped/broken-into-during-riots… so I checked out the City of Boston’s parking ban list… and I was lost as I read down the laundry list of roads.

I help myself out (and you) mapped out the bans… if it is in red…or close to the red… don’t even think about pulling over.

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From the Department of Transportation:

Red Sox fans are strongly encouraged by the City of Boston to leave their personal vehicles at home and take the T whether they are heading to Fenway or another destination in Boston to watch the World Series games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  On-street parking will be restricted on several streets in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood of the City.  Parking will also be restricted on streets in Brighton, as well as near Northeastern University, Faneuil Hall and North Station.

Additional Parking Enforcement staff will be working before, during and after the games to assist with public safety needs.  They will also be concentrating on ensuring that only vehicles with Fenway/Kenmore Resident Parking Permits are parked in curbside spaces designated for residents in that neighborhood.

For more information on the parking ban check out the City of Boston’s Press Release for the official road closings… I wouldn’t want you to get mad at me if you park on a street that I missed!

Bostonian Habits, Transportation and the T

MBTA Mapping Gets a Facelift

The MBTA realized that their current mapping system lends itself to confusing everyone as to why you can’t get to Fenway from the E-Line.

This past spring, the MBTA launched the New Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design competition. Vote for your favorite here because the MBTA may use the map with the most favorable public response from this contest as the new MBTA map, so please be sure to vote!!

This one looks pretty snazzy and modern:Survey Map 6 lg

 

 

Brighton, Transportation and the T

Pave Harder

Want to know what’s hard? Driving in Boston. What’s even harder? Driving in Boston and then suddenly being stopped on a one-way street that’s blocked for repaving…with no detour in sight. Crud.

If you live in Brighton or Allston, that’s been happening a lot lately. But apparently, it’s not just Brighton that’s gotten a sudden influx of construction vehicles and hazardous roads filled with raised manhole covers and grooved pavement. The City of Boston is in a road-paving frenzy this Summer.

While us Bostonians loooooooovvvvve to complain about our transportation woes, whether via the streets or the T, I have to commend the City for taking action. There are some gnarly potholes out there. Pave on, dudes, pave on!